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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 30, 2023.

SHAVER, Eleanor

ELEANOR MARY ELIZABETH SHAVER 1921 – 2023 Mrs. Eleanor Mary Elizabeth Shaver of Lethbridge passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at the age of 102 years.
Eleanor was born in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Reginald and Mary Dayman, and grew up in the small village of Bateman, Saskatchewan. After graduating from school in 1939, she worked for two years in the post office, then left home in 1942 to walk in the civil service in wartime, Ottawa. She returned west and entered nurses’ training in Moose Jaw General Hospital in 1944, graduating in 1947. She practiced her profession for about ten years in various places in Saskatchewan and Alberta, then attended the University of Alberta and obtained a diploma in Public Health Nursing. She worked as a public health nurse in Leduc-Strathcona Health Unit for several years.
She married William Aurthur Shaver RCA7 on July 15, 1961, and in June 1962 Bill was transferred to #4 Wing RCAF, Baden Soellingen, Germany. While in Germany they adopted their older daughter, Ruth, and on returning to Canada, Bill was stationed at Uplands, Ottawa, where they adopted their second daughter Marion. When Bill retired from the RCAF in 1968 they came to live in Lethbridge to be near Eleanor’s parents, and she has lived here ever since.
Eleanor did not return to nursing, but a lifelong love of reading led her to work in the Lethbridge Public Library, first as a part-time clerk, and after retirement, as a volunteer in the Read-On programme, a “job” that she loved.
She was a member of McKillop United Church, and for many years enjoyed singing with the choir, being a member of the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, and a member of #702 Wing, Canadian Air Force Association. She enjoyed her friends in these organizations for many years. She and Bill enjoyed camping and had one major holiday trip across Canada in 1988. She loved the prairies and was proud to be the grandchild of pioneers in Saskatchewan.
She was predeceased by her husband Bill, her parents Reg and Mary Dayman, and an infant brother Donald. She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Reimer (Chuck Adams) of Lethbridge, and Marion (Claude) Despres of Napanee Ontario; three grandchildren, Robert Reimer, Donald Depres, and Jessica Despres; and four great grandchildren, Sophia and Liam Reimer, Dallan, and Tessa.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 ST S, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/Eleanor-MaryElizabeth-Shaver
A private family Graveside Service will be held prior in Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.
If friends desire, donations may be made in Eleanor’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/
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DYKSHOORN, Ronald “Ron”

RONALD “RON” DYKSHOORN 1951 – 2023 Mr. Ron Dykshoorn of Foremost, Alberta, beloved husband of Lorinda, passed away suddenly in his home on December 22, 2023, at the age of 72 years.
Ron was born on the farm to Dirk (Dick) and Wandreina (Dena) Dykshoorn in Foremost on November 7, 1951. He called Dykshoorn Farms his home for the entirety of his life except for two winters in early adulthood that were spent living in the lower mainland with friends and cousins. Ever since he was a boy, Ron loved animals, especially his horses. Being a true cowboy at heart, he treasured the time he spent in the saddle. Ron loved his community and gave generously of his time, serving on council at Burdett Christian Reformed Church numerous times, being an integral part of Foremost Rodeo, being a school team bus driver for Foremost School, and serving on various boards in the community. Ron was a faithful friend and was well known for his kind and gentle smile that he freely gave to everyone he met. Though he never wanted to be centre of attention, he loved to visit and spend time with his friends. Ron’s love of learning never waned, and he took time to continue to educate himself, making him a rich source of wisdom and knowledge for those who would ask.
The thing Ron loved most was his family. And above all, his bride of nearly 44 years, Lorinda (nee Whittle). Married February 9, 1980, Ron and Rin lived a life surrounded by family, boasting five children and their spouses and eleven grandchildren. Though Ron experienced success in many areas, his family was his source of pride. Ron taught them the values of hard work, honesty, humility, and above all a deep and genuine faith in the saving power of the Lord.
Besides his loving wife, Lorinda, Ron is survived by his children Shellie and Jerry Wolverton, Chet and Tania Dykshoorn, Beckie and Justin Elway, Kristy and Mark Johnson, and Sam and Michelle Dykshoorn; his grandchildren, Jaida, Kayleigh, and Coehn Wolverton, Maddyson, Lucas, and Elizabeth Dykshoorn, Noah, Lucy, and Ethan Elway, and Jaden and Jax Dykshoorn; and, his sisters, Marion (Bryan) Wilde, Leona Heppler, and Wanda (Gary) Williams.
Ron was predeceased by his parents Dick and Dena (Jansen), and his infant brother Peter.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 5, 2024, at BURDETT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 121075 TOWNSHIP RD 82, Burdett, Alberta with Pastor Rick Roeda officiating. Ron will be laid to rest in Highfield Cemetery at a private graveside service.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Village of Foremost, designated to the Foremost Firefighters Association.
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PETERSEN, Patricia

PATRICIA ANN PETERSEN 1951-2023 PATRICIA ANN PETERSEN passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at the age of 72 years.
Pat is survived by her husband Wayne of Lethbridge, son Scott (Amelia) of Lethbridge, son Ian (Michelle) of Calgary, grandchildren Evan and Claire of Calgary, sisters Carolyn of Vietnam, Lorrie (Sean) of Longview, Alberta, Susan (Marc) of Vancouver, BC, and brother David (Julie) of Lethbridge. She is remembered by her special “sistas” Brenda Stryker of Foremost, Alberta and Susan Melnyk of Lethbridge.
She was predeceased by her parents Walter and Anne Boras.
Pat was born to Walter and Anne on April 24, 1951 in Lethbridge. She attended grade school in Picture Butte and then received her registered nurse designation from St. Michael’s School of Nursing in 1972. During her nursing training, Pat met Wayne while curling on Sundays with groups of students from University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College, and both nursing schools. They were married in 1974. Pat worked briefly in Lethbridge then in Kingston, Ontario supporting Wayne as he attended law school. They returned to Lethbridge in 1975 to pursue their careers and start a family. Scott arrived in 1981 and Ian in 1984. Pat was a creature of habit; falling in love with the house bought in 1981 and living there until her passing.
Pat was a proud and dedicated nurse as well as an exceptional teacher and mentor; foregoing opportunities at management so she could remain at the bedside of her patients. She was an original leader of Look Good Feel Better, a support program for cancer survivors. She was recognized nationally by LGFB and named a Woman of Distinction in Lethbridge for this role. Emergency/ICU work was her first love but then the operating room called. A mid-life crisis took Pat to Saudi Arabia to work as an OR nurse in a National Guard hospital in 2003. A member of the Royal Family was one of her patients.
Pat loved to travel; whether it was following Wayne around the golf world, travelling with friends to the United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Italy, South Africa, and New Zealand, or sitting in the back seat of the Harley Davidson all over Canada and the western United States. She grew very fond of Palm Springs and looked forward to November and March visits each year.
Pat was fiercely proud and protective of her family; aptly earning the nickname of “Mama Grizzly”. When cancer attacked her in May of 2022, she battled through treatment with courage and confidence; acquiring another nickname from her daughter-in-law as “Warrior Bitch”. She fought the cancer to a standstill but could not overcome the devastation of the stroke suffered on December 18, 2023.
Pat will be dearly missed by her family and her friends. She was, as many of the condolences suggest, a very special lady.
Pat has requested a private family Interment and a really big Celebration of Life later when the weather is warm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Good Samaritan Society, Park Meadows Village, Lethbridge, Alberta (https://gss.org/locations/park-meadows-village/)

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


WNEK, Richard “Rick”

WNEK RICHARD “RICK” WNEK, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Lori Wnek, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, December 15, 2023 at the age of 70 years.
Along with his wife, he is lovingly remembered by his daughter Jessica (Shawn) of Lethbridge as well as his sister Irene (Garry) Vinje and their children, Josh and Jake.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Ted and Lola Wnek.
A Public Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825-32nd Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. with Father Santiago Torres presiding.
Following the Funeral Service, Rick will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


SINDLINGER, Neal

NEAL SINDLINGER 1957 – 2023 Mr. Neal Alfred Sindlinger of Cardston, beloved husband of Mrs. Dezra Sindlinger, passed away in his home, on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at the age of 66 years.
Neal was born and raised in Magrath. Once he graduated high school, he attended the Lethbridge College. Neal worked at many cooking establishments, the last one being the Casino in Lethbridge.
Neal was a dedicated father to his children and lived a very full and loving life. He spent a lot of time teaching his children how to cook and 32 years loving his soulmate, Dezra.
For our dedicated father, Maht’tsap, ohm kinna, soulmate, and jokester we love you.
Besides his loving wife Dezra, Neal is survived by his two daughters, Elizabeth and Kathryn Sindlinger; sisters Leslie Metheral and Joanne Fox; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Charlie.
Cremation has been entrusted to Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel.
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INFANTI, Dan

INFANTI DAN INFANTI, beloved husband of David Chau, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Medical Centre, on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at the age of 62 years.
Besides his loving husband David, Dan is survived by his brother David Infanti, sister-in-law Patti Infanti and nephew Matteo Infanti.
He was predeceased by his parents Maria and Paolo Infanti and brother Luigino Infanti.
Dan will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery during a private Family Graveside Service.

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TAILFEATHERS, Frederick “Rick”

TAILFEATHERS Frederick “Rick” Tailfeathers passed away in Lethbridge on December 21, 2023 at the age of 73 years.
A Wake Service will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, South Hill Chapel Cardston on Thursday, January 4, 2023 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, January 5 at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the St. Paul’s Cemetery.
To send a condolence please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


ROGAN, Ernest

ERNEST ROGAN 1928 – 2023 Mr. Ernest Rogan of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Anna Rogan, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at the age of 95 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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WOLFER, Keith

Keith Wolfer 1945 – 2023 Keith James Wolfer, beloved husband of the late Kathy Wolfer, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at the age of 78 years. Keith left this world the same way he lived in it, being bossy and cracking jokes!
He is survived by his four children Bryan (Marcie) Wolfer of Hays, Casey (Barry) Arnestad of Claresholm, Lynn (Randy) Adams of Medicine Hat and Jen (Spencer) Peterson of Brooks. Keith also leaves behind nine grandchildren Mason, Braxton, Wyatt, Tanner, Damon, Rory, Blade, Brooklynn and Ryder; his sister Gay Chervinski, brother Rod Wolfer and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Kathy Wolfer, his parents Rose and Harold Wolfer and parents-in-law, GR and May Clifton.
A celebration of his life will be held in Hays at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Keith’s name may be made directly to the Hays Seniors Club, PO Box 34 Hays, Alberta T0K 1B0.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


HANNA, Rosalie

ROSALIE MARVEL HANNA 1939 – 2023 Mrs. Rosalie Marvel Hanna of Picture Butte and Lethbridge, beloved mother of Terry, Donna, Bev, and Murray, passed away peacefully, but unexpectedly in her home on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at the age of 84 years.
Arrangements will be announced once completed.
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GRAHAM
Ruth Elizabeth Graham (Gehmlich), 84, of College Station, TX, left this mortal existence on December 9th, 2023 in American Fork, UT.  
Ruth was born and raised in Raymond, Alberta Canada.  She was a dedicated student and graduated from Raymond High School as Valedictorian.  She met and married Robert Graham, and a short time later began a lifetime of selfless devotion to her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, singing, scrapbooking, journaling, sewing, gardening, and working puzzles.
Ruth supported her husband in many pursuits during their life together that allowed them to live in Canada, Central FL, Marietta GA, and College Station TX.  At the time of her passing, Ruth lived in Highland, UT.
As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ruth loved to serve others.  Many came to know and love her through her church service, including Ward and Stake Relief Society President and Stake Young Women’s President.  Ruth had a deep love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and modeled her life after the Savior.  It was a rare occasion to hear her complain or speak unkind words about another.  She truly was a follower of Christ and radiated those attributes to all who knew her.
Ruth is preceded in death by her infant daughter, Wendy May; her parents Karl and Herta Gehmlich; her brother Grant, and her loving husband Robert Graham.
She is survived by eight children- Richard (Tracy) Graham of Kennesaw GA, Randy (Jana) Graham of Silver Springs FL, Daren (Amber) Graham of College Station TX, Kevin (Lydia) Graham of Wichita KS, Michelle (Todd) Bagley of Lehi UT, Lisa (Darrell) Brantley of Belleview FL, Todd (Jamie) Graham of College Station TX, and Tim (Kim) Graham of Woodbury, MN; brothers Deter, Robert, and Ralph Gehmlich; thirty-nine grandchildren; and thirty-one great grandchildren.
The Graham family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the loving staff at Highland Glen Senior Living for the gentle and nurturing care they provided Ruth in her final year of life.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday January 3, 2024 at 11:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cobblestone Chapel (27 Cobblestone Ln, Raymond, Alberta) 
Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 9:00 to 10:45am at the church prior to the Service.
To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca

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